How to Put a Baby to Sleep
A newborn baby does experience short sleep naps around the clock and this is because he/she cannot yet differentiate between day and night, but once the baby is a few weeks old, he/she will eventually fall into the right sleeping pattern as the mother guides her baby to sleep more during night time. The following are practical ways to help mothers regularize the sleep patterns of their babies.
Gradual withdrawal of pacifiers from babies
Pacifiers are commonly used to calm babies down so they can sleep well and not be agitated by a sudden sound when they are asleep, but the problem lies when the pacifier suddenly is released by the baby and falls off during his sleep time, which can result into the baby screaming and waking up; therefore, a mother should look for an alternative way for her baby to continue with his sleep without using a pacifier and this refers to weaning the baby from pacifier dependency over the next six to eight months until such time that her baby can stand alone to sleep well without it.
Regulate room temperature during the sleep time
Because babies have very sensitive and receptive skin, they easily will react to changes in temperature; therefore, to make the baby sleep well, always check and adjust the temperature of the room such that it isn’t too cold or too hot and cover the baby with a blanket during the night when needed.
Use relaxing sound
Sensitivity of babies is not just to changes in temperature but also to relative noises or loud sounds nearby and one effective technique to put a baby to sleep is to use a white noise machine, which is a sleep-aid and nap machine that produces soothing sounds, like relaxing music, sound of rain, wind, ocean waves and using it can mask the other sounds in the room, allowing the baby to doze off soundly.
When a baby is full, just like adults, they will likely fall to sleep early during bedtime; therefore, a mother must see to it that her baby is fed well during dinner time so the baby won’t feel hungry during his period of sleep and just be alert to prepare a fresh bottle of milk or nurse the baby with mother’s milk, just in case, he will be hungry during the early dawn.
Darkness activates the brain to release melatonin, which is a sleep hormone, that’s why people can easily fall off to sleep when lights are put off and when it comes to putting the baby to sleep, here are ways to regulate the light in the room: install dimmers on the lights in the baby’s room and set the right mood by putting these on before bedtime; if the baby wakes up during the night, don’t turn on the lights but, instead, bring the baby into the brightly lit area and soothing him back to sleep; during daytime, when a baby has to take a nap, consider installing a room shade so the baby can easily doze off.